2-alarm fire displaces family of 7 in Boyertown

Smoke detectors credited for alerting occupants to fire in basement

Posted: 2:00 PM EDT Oct 15, 2012   Updated: 6:33 PM EDT Oct 15, 2012
2-alarm fire in Boyertown
BOYERTOWN, Pa. -

Smoke detectors may have saved the lives of some people inside a burning home in Berks County, officials said.

The detectors alerted four people inside 220 N. Reading Ave. in Boyertown to a fire in the home's basement, said officials, adding that everyone managed to make it out safely.

Emergency crews got the call around 8:30 a.m. Monday. The fire went to two alarms before firefighters could get it under control.

Nobody was injured, but a family of seven people has been displaced.

Investigators have not yet determined what started the fire, but they said the cause is accidental.